There is good news and bad news for Nick Valensi regarding his 1995 Epiphone Rivera guitar, which was lost in transit. The good news is that The Strokes member is now once again in possession of the instrument. The bad news is that the guitar has sustained extensive damage.
Valensi’s wife, talk show host Amanda de Cadenet, posted the news to Instagram on Sunday night, explaining: “Mr V got his beloved guitar back. Sadly it is severely water damaged, and covered in rust, with no strings. Just maybe it can survive after some TLC. Nick wanted to thank each and every one of you who helped hunt for his guitar.”
The Strokes had posted the following note:
In a bit of unfortunate news, we’ve recently learned that Nick’s beloved Epiphone guitar has gone missing while being shipped from NYC to LA. A description of the guitar and its case is below and we ask that you join us in keeping an eye out for it. It goes without saying how bummed he is that it’s gone missing.
If you have any info at all about the guitar — perhaps see it in a pawn shop or on eBay – please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Color: Natural (Orange-ish hue)
Model: 1995 Riviera
Serial Number: R95E5702
What makes it unique: The pic guard has been removed. The headstock plate has an “E” Epiphone logo on it. Trapezoidal “mother-of-pearl” inlays on the neck.
It’s been modified with P-94 pick ups and trapeze tailpiece.
Case: Black Calzone Flight case with metal edges and butterfly latches. There’s a crack in the bottom of the case with gaffer tape covering it up. Covered in fragile stickers and other markings from traveling.
We deeply appreciate the extra eyes and ears,
– The Strokes